575 Candia Rd.
Manchester, NH 03109
As the world changes so does the treatment of Christmas. As the world becomes more materialistic so does Christmas. What used to be the celebration of the anniversary of the Birth of the Savoir Jesus Christ, has become an opportunity for business to get in the black. Before the pumpkins have disappeared and the Halloween costumes have been put away, holiday decorations are on display in the stores and Christmas music is playing on the radio. People used to greet everyone with a cheery Merry Christmas and now, if they say anything at all, it’s Happy Holidays.
Let’s not forget the reason for the season, Jesus Christ is born and all creation rejoices! The world will do what it wants, it always has, but that does not mean that we can’t do what Christians have done for centuries, celebrate and rejoice in the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Give gifts, gather with family and friends and celebrate with good food and beverages but let’s not forget the reason for the celebration. The best way to honor the birth of our Lord is by loving one another and by reaching out to our brothers and sisters who might be in need, in other words by becoming Christ for others to see.
Merry Christmas Everyone! May the new born savoir bless you and keep you always in his tender care.
In God’s Love and Peace,
Fr Bob Gorski
Dear People of Saint Pius X:
With a core volunteer group of about 40 parishioners, Deacon Mark and I began a Long Range Planning Process for our Parish. We base our work on the books titled, Rebuilt, and Tools for Rebuilding, written by Father Michael White and his Pastoral Assistant Thomas Corcoran. The book has a well written forward from Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Arch-Bishop of New York. The works are focused on renewing Catholic Parishes based on themes “of faith in action and hope” from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
So far, we met seven times. We began with the basics of reviewing our mission and vision statements and understanding the demographics of our parish as a community of believers. Deacon Mark and I spoke about the process in five different homilies to make you are aware of the meetings. We are striving to make our parish welcoming, vibrant and sustainable for future generations. A long range plan is not just about us in the present; the plan is also for our future generations of Catholics.
At this time, we are analyzing our parish structure, organizations, committees, facilities, worship, music, faith formation, leadership methods and more. While no topic is off the table in our sessions, we are focused on the core truths of our Catholic Traditions in Word and Sacrament. We are not a “business;” we are a community of faith based on Gospel Truths and Church Teaching. The heart of the world-wide Church is the parish. We want our parish to be the best, safest and most hospitable community possible for all believers who wish to be a part of us. As of this date, we are taking a short break in the process to focus on Advent and the Christmas Seasons. We will begin meeting again January 10 after the Saturday 4:00 PM mass and you are welcome to join us.
Saint Pius X Mission Statement:
The mission of Saint Pius X Parish is to be a welcoming, inclusive and vibrant faith community centered on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ; His true presence in the Eucharist and based in the Scriptures and Traditions of the Catholic Church.
Saint Pius X Vision Statement:
The vision of Saint Pius X is to make our parish vibrant and matter to our community by learning and knowing our faith; growing disciples in Christ; serving the needs of others; and strengthening a family of believers through fellowship, worship and teaching.